Propositions on the June 6, 2006 ballot

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 3, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In a welcome reprieve from the last few years, only one publicly circulated initiative has qualified to be on the June 6 primary election ballot.  Promoted by actor and director Rob Reiner, the measure would increase taxes on individual incomes over $400,000 ($800,000 for couples) to fund preschool education for four-year olds. According to the Legislative Analysts Office, the tax would raise approximately $2.4 billion annually in 2010-11.  A second measure to be on the June ballot was passed by the legislature in 2004, SB 1161 Alpert, to authorize a $600 million bond for library construction and renovation.

According to the Secretary of State, the legislature has until March 10 to submit measures to appear on the June 6 ballot.  The time is well past to submit initiative petitions for that ballot.  The Governor’s bond package for rebuilding California infrastructure is now being debated at the legislature, and if successfully passed by legislators, could make the June ballot much more interesting.  

Only one measure is qualified for the November 7, 2006 general election ballot.  The "Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century" was originally scheduled to appear on the November, 2004 ballot but was put off until this year. It is possible this effort will be put off again by legislative action.

Another 31 initiative petitions have qualified for circulation.  Some could appear on the November ballot.  Of course, many petitions that qualify for circulation never make it to the ballot due to the high cost of signature gathering.  Other petitions are created and start down the process of qualification to increase leverage over policymakers, and when push comes to shove, are abandoned because a deal is struck in the legislature. 
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